Who are some of your biggest art inspirations? Personally you're one of mine :3 and thanks for taking your time out to answer questions! You'd be surprised that there are alot of great artists who dont acknowledge the people who admire and look up to them.
Thank you so much for your kind awesome words! <3
People like you are the reason I’ve gotten where I am now art-wise. Having people around me who show me they like my work is one of the major inspiration sources for me. That, and people close to me who always know how to motivate me to draw, even when they don’t even try.
I could list a whole lotta things that motivate and inspire me, but I think the #1 gives me the most mojo is.. just being happy. This may sound really mushy and cliche maybe even, but I can’t draw anything if I’m not feeling well. The times I’m at my best, I draw at my best. And I feel at my best by having people around me who I love and/or show love for me.
How do you feel about the furry community and porn? I'm a [starving] artist in college and my art's not good enough to stand on its on and get lots of views unless it has a dick in it. Its not that i dont like to draw porn ( it doesn't really bother me) but if i didn't, i wouldn't get commissions and i wound't be able to afford things i need. But I feel like an artist like me cant really pull a following unless they draw porn. IDK if i want to attract that kind of crowd. What do u think? :3thxs!
Yeah, I completely understand what it’s like and I was struggling with the same thing about 2 years ago.
I had drawn a few sexy pin-ups that you can’t exactly call porn, but there was enough nipple-flash going on for people to fav it while my “clean” work barely got any attention.
People kept asking me more and more for mature art and even offered money. As a poor student this money was VERY tempting so I opened up for some commission, but would only draw clean nudity. I slowly gained more watchers and people started to recognize my art.
I’ve never really done anything you could consider (harcore) porn, imo. Maybe 2 or 3 pictures, but the rest is mainly tasteful nudity and it got me to where I am now. If I upload a clean picture or a derpy doodle, it still won’t get as much attention as a naked girl, but it definitely gets some recognition and love.
My boyfriend for example has little to no nudity in his gallery. He simply doesn’t want to be known as a porn artist or/and see his work floating around on image boards. If he opens for commissions he will easily be able to fill up all the slots. His work receives comments and favs, but 1/3 are from friends. Yet, imo, he is doing VERY well withing the fandom for an artist who doesn’t draw smut, and without his, “OMFG IT’S LINTU. SHE SO AWESOME”, gf.
So it’s up to you, do you wanna take the long or short road?
I don’t see myself as one. In my opinion being a furry is a lifestyle. The way I see it is that there are two different kinds of people in this community: people who are furries and people who just like the creative side of it all.
Most people who call them self a furry have dedicated their life to being one. They go to conventions, hang out with other furries, draw or buy the art, own fursuits, feel more connected with animals/their animal selfs than with humans etc. But, of course this is different for every person.
I’ve always loved to draw. When I first joined DA I met this artist who only drew cartoony animals and I fell in love with her style. Animal characters just seemed a lot more interesting to draw than humanoids and a lot easier too. I’ve also always been a sucker for cute, cuddly animal pictures and videos, so drawing them acting like humans was a lot of fun!
Sooo I created my own little kitty anthro and from there on I slowly rolled into the fandom. But I only like the art-side of it all (not so much the porn, the drama and whatnot).
I don’t mind if people call me a furry though, everyone has their own opinion on what a furry is and when you are one.
It can however be very frustrating being called one while the person thinks being a furry is about screwing animals while wearing a Mikey Mouse costume.
TL;TR: Just because you draw “furries” doesn’t mean you are a furry. If you play as a Nazi and shoot people to a hundred bits in a game, doesn’t mean you are a Nazi either, right?
For the biggest part in my life people made me feel quite the opposite, which has left some nasty wounds. Knowing that there’s people who actually care deeply for me makes me feel strong and worth something every time I’m going through a rough time.
Materialism and consumerism have never made me as happy as having a person tell me I mean something to them.
Years ago I was a big BIG fan of the Finnish band “The Rasmus”. The singer of the band wore crow feathers in his hair back then and because of that he got the nickname “Lintu” which is Finnish for bird. I simply just snatched his nickname and made it my own :’)
The downside though is that Finnish people just LOVE to tell me what my nickname means and spam my page with it from time to time <3
T-T-T-TRIVIA: - Lintu used to have crow wings to match her name. I removed them because they were too cliché (back then a lot of characters seemed to have tiny little wings)